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Career Specialisations

Most Commandos start out as General Duties Marines before training in one of our other exciting specialisations.

Commando specialisations


As an Aircrewman, you will fly on board the helicopters of the Commando Naval Air Squadrons. Trained to operate by day or night, and in all conditions, you will carry out important missions from reconnaissance to helping transport troops or supplies to the front line.

Armoured Support (Viking)

The Viking tracked armoured vehicle provides armoured support and protected mobility to Commandos. As an Armoured Support (Viking) Specialist, you will drive this vehicle across all terrain – and even swim it through deep water. You will also train to maintain it in peak working order.

Assault Engineer

Assault Engineers are trained to construct all kinds of features, such as bridges, field defences and obstacles. In this specialisation, you will also learn about mine warfare, demolition and using explosives.


Royal Marines Chefs keep our Commandos well fed whether we are working in the Arctic, the desert or the jungle – keeping up levels of wellbeing and morale and ensuring high standards of food hygiene whatever the conditions.


The smooth running of the Royal Marines is down to our Clerk Specialists. You will provide all sorts of administrative support, including personnel support on issues like pay, leave and deployments, which are all crucial to Royal Marines’ morale.

Combat Intelligence

Combat Intelligence Specialists gather intelligence on potential enemy threats and prepare accurate maps and graphics so Commandos know what to expect on the ground and can complete our missions as safely and quickly as possible.

Communications Technician

Communications Technicians operate the Royal Marines’ state-of- the-art electronic warfare equipment, intercepting and analysing enemy radio activity to gather intelligence on their actions.


Rapid deployment gives Commandos a tactical advantage in combat situations. As a Driver, you will be trained to operate a range of vehicles, such as customised land rovers or the heavy support vehicles that keep Commandos supplied with combat stores.

Heavy Weapons – Air Defence

As an Air Defence Specialist, your role will be to protect Commando Units and Royal Navy ships from air attack. You will operate as part of a small, tight-knit team and you will be trained in all aspects of air defence.

Heavy Weapons – Anti-Tank

Tanks and armoured vehicles are some of the most powerful weapons in land warfare. As an Anti-Tank Specialist in the Royal Marines, you will be trained to identify enemy armour and vehicles and use the Javelin antitank missile system and the heavy machine gun to remove them from action.

Heavy Weapons – Mortar

Mortars are an important part of the Royal Marines’ arsenal, helping us attack enemy forces from nearly 6km away. As a Mortar Specialist, you will learn how to operate and accurately direct fire onto targets. Whichever direction your career takes, you will build up your Commando skills and have the chance to test them on exercises everywhere from the jungle to the desert, the mountains to the sea. After about a year and a half, you will probably move on to another of the specialisations open to you, where you will be able to learn new skills, gain recognised qualifications and enjoy new experiences. If it suits you, and the needs of the Royal Marines, you can train in a number of different specialisations over the course of your career.

Information Systems

Our computer networks enable the Royal Marines to function as a 21st-century fighting force, for example by delivering an up-to-date battle picture to Commandos operating in the field. As an Information Systems Specialist, you will be trained to design and maintain these networks.

Landing Craft

Landing Craft Specialists are responsible for transporting Royal Marines Commandos from ship to shore. To carry out your tasks, you will pilot all types of water-borne assault vehicles, from small, high-speed raiding craft to vehicle carriers and hovercraft.

Medical Assistant

As a Medical Assistant, you will learn advanced first aid and accident and emergency skills so that you can carry out life-saving medical procedures in the field, with limited medical facilities.

Military Police

The Royal Marines’ Military Police carry out a range of important roles, including law enforcement, security duties and convoy control. Later in your career, you could be responsible for protecting high-ranking Officers on operations or the staff of British Embassies and High Commissions around the world.

Mountain Leader

As a Mountain Leader, you will be trained in rock climbing, vertical assault, survival skills, sniping and escape and evasion techniques so that you can provide longrange reconnaissance for the Royal Marines.

Physical Training Insturctor

The role of the Royal Marines Physical Training Specialisation is to develop and maintain Military Physical Fitness, Remedial Therapy, Adventure Training and Sport in the Royal Marines Command.

Reconnaissance Operator

As a Reconnaissance Operator, you will specialise in reconnaissance skills so that you can provide Commandos with advanced knowledge of enemy numbers and positions. This role could be your first step to becoming a Mountain Leader.

Swimmer Canoeist

Swimmer Canoeists are members of the Special Boat Service – the Royal Marines’ equivalent of the Army’s Special Air Service. To join this specialisation, you will have to pass the UK Special Forces Selection Course. You will then be trained to the highest standards in surveillance, reconnaissance, parachuting and survival skills.


Signals Specialists provide communications to land, sea and air forces for Commandos in the field. You will use everything from satellite data links to hand-held radios to keep troops in touch with other combat forces.

Telecommunications Technician

As a Telecommunications Technician, you will be trained in electronics and telecommunications so that you can maintain and repair the Royal Marines’ radio communications links.

Vehicle Mechanic

The role of the VM is to maintain in peace or on operations , the Royal Marines diverse vehicle fleet consisting of over 2800 vehicles of different types.

Yeoman of Signals

As a Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the Signals specialisation, you can further specialise as a Yeoman of Signals. A Yeoman of Signals undertakes the complex communication planning for Commando operations.

Commando Officer specialisations

As well as commanding our fighting forces, you could work in any of a number of specialist areas.

Heavy Weapons Officer

As a Heavy Weapons Officer, you will be trained in the operation and tactical employment of mortars, anti-tank or anti-aircraft weapons. You could be responsible for up to 80 other heavy-weapons specialists, as well as their vehicles and equipment.

Intelligence Officer

As an Intelligence Officer, you will collate and interpret the information and intelligence that Commanding Officers need to take critical, battle-winning decisions.

Landing Craft Officer

Landing Craft Officers are specialists in the Royal Marines’ amphibious operations. You will be trained to plan and oversee beach assaults and raiding operations, command landing craft and supervise their maintenance.

Mountain Leader

Mountain Leaders specialise in mountain and cold-weather warfare. You will be trained in climbing, mountaineering, route finding and reconnaissance, and how to survive in the extreme cold. As well as using these skills in operations, you will play an important part in training other Commandos to work in these demanding environments.


Helicopter Pilots in the Royal Marines train to fly the helicopters of the Commando Naval Air Squadrons. You could carry out a range of roles, from delivering troops and supplies to the front line to reconnaissance missions, casualty evacuation and land attack. Those with the right aptitude may be selected to train as fast jet pilots and train alongside their Royal Navy counterparts.

Physical Training and Sports Officer

Physical fitness is essential in the Royal Marines. As a Physical Training and Sports Officer, you will plan and oversee the training programmes of large numbers of men, and you could go on to manage a range of Royal Marines training facilities.

Signals Officer

Signals Officers specialise in the management of information communications systems. You will be trained to plan and implement the provision of the fast, reliable communications that are fundamental to the success of Royal Marines operations.

Special Boat Service Officer

Only the very best can qualify to serve as a Special Boat Service Officer. In this role, you will become expert in swimming, diving, parachuting, navigation, demolition and reconnaissance, to lead special missions for the UK’s Special Forces.

Staff Officer

Staff Officers carry out many different roles in planning, personnel, logistics and training. Where you work will depend on your training, experience and interests. There are opportunities for Staff Officers at every level, from individual Commando Units up to Royal Marines Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence. Most middle-ranking and senior Royal Marines Officers are Staff Officers.

Weapons Training Officer

If you become a Weapons Training Officer, you will be responsible for instructing all ranks to use and fire small arms, for supervising all types of live firing ranges and for arranging training locations. You may also supervise teams of Platoon Weapons Instructors or advise Commanding Officers on the deployment of small arms and the use of snipers.

Platoon Weapons

Provide all aspects of Tactical live firing to the Royal Marines, including the delivery of marksmanship training and enhanced weapon handling skills becoming experts in machine gunning and sniping, PW’s also provide advanced tactical training as a CQB instructors, as well as specialist training assistance to foreign nations.